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Tall Chinese Song Dynasty Glazed Pottery Zodiac Figure


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Tall Chinese Song Dynasty Glazed Pottery Zodiac Figure

This tall and unusual pottery figure was made during the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279). The figure stands upright with hands together under a long flowing robe. Held across its chest is the head of a sheep, suggesting this figure was once a group of twelve figures, each holding a representation of one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. It is made from a reddish pottery, the body coated in finely-crackled green and yellow glazes. As with other figures of this type we have seen in the past, the adherence of the glaze to the pottery is not so good and it has flaked from the surface in places.

This is tall figure with a height of 36.5 cm (14.25 inches). The condition depends upon an individual's reasonableness and expectations ! It is not go good compared to some others but then it is some 800+ years old. There are repairs, to the back of the base and to the head/neck. There are what appear to be "calcified" burial deposits within the sculpted grooves, mostly to the back of the figure. 

Recently acquired from a private Scottish collection.

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